Slow Your Roll: Police to Launch Speed Enforcement on I-495 This Weekend

    Those with lead feet, beware: Maryland State Police will be cracking down on speeding and aggressive driving this weekend ahead of Columbus Day.

    Authorities said in a news release that the initiative will take place on Interstate 495 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with troopers from the College Park and Forestville barracks.

    Prince George’s County police will assist troopers on the Capital Beltway.

    It follows a three-year crash analysis study that determined “Columbus Day weekend has a high propensity for speed-related collisions,” police said in a release.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding was a factor in 26% of all fatal crashes in 2017. More than 9,700 people were killed.

    In 2017, 54 people died in the 4,526 aggressive-driving crashes in Maryland, police said.

    Police said 85 percent of aggressive driving crashes happened in the D.C.-Baltimore region between 2013 and 2017.

    Aggressive driving violations mean five points on a Maryland license and a $370 fine.

    As part of Maryland Matters’ content sharing agreement with WTOP, we feature this article from Will Vitka. Click here for the WTOP News website.

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